Many people who are interested in health and nutrition find that removing red meat and poultry from their diet goes over easier if they can eat small amounts of fish. On the face of it, this makes sense. Many studies have shown small but measurable benefits in fish eaters versus other groups. Fish do contain higher levels of EPA and DHA than other available animal proteins and may therefore be better than those other sources.
Yet there are lots of concerns about fish. Mercu
Almost all heart attacks and strokes start out with the same process. A localized area of inflammation develops in an artery. This damages the inner lining of the artery, called the endothelium. When the endothelium is damaged it can sometimes act as a focus for millions of microscopic platelets to clump together and form a blood clot. When the blood clot forms, it can block an artery leading to the death of any tissue that relies on that artery for oxygen. We’ve already disc
James Nagourney has led quite an interesting life… When he was only three years old, his mother suffered 3rd-degree burns over half of her body in a plane crash. She was in the hospital for months. He says that despite severe pain she never, ever complained during her additional 65 years of life. Yet at age 17, he became so depressed that he spent a year-and-a-half in a psychiatric hospital. With his depression, he was told, he’d never be able to make a living on his intellec
We are so used to taking pills for even trivial health problems that we never stop to think about the fact that we've only had these medications for a very short time. What did we do for a headache before the pharmaceutical industry existed? Were humans meant to suffer without medicines to make us feel better? Do we really need all these pills?
Of course some drugs are lifesavers. However, when you compare the power of simple whole, plant-based foods to many of the medicati
Most of the chronic diseases that plague modern western civilization were rare or undescribed less than 150 years ago. What we consider normal aging is anything but from the perspective of human history. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t better off than our ancestors, mostly we are, but they suffered other issues that we have largely solved and we suffer from diseases they never dealt with. The most common cause of chronic disease today is atherosclerosis, the process where ch